Skip to comments.Gov. Henry vetoes gun bill (OK version of FFA)
Posted on 04/28/2010 8:55:59 AM PDT by Still Thinking
OKLAHOMA CITY Gov. Brad Henry on Tuesday vetoed a bill to exempt Oklahoma-made guns and ammunition from federal regulations, saying the measure would make it easier for criminals to obtain weapons and endanger citizens and law enforcement.
Similar to laws passed in at least four other states, the "Oklahoma Firearms Freedom Act" states that firearms, gun accessories or ammunition produced in Oklahoma would not be subject to interstate commerce laws and federal regulations if the items remain in the state. The bill does not apply to certain large firearms and exploding ammunition.
"I'm a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and have earned an 'A' rating from the NRA, but this legislation does nothing to protect an individual's right to bear arms," Henry, a Democrat, said in a statement. "It abolishes commonsense regulations like background checks and gives criminals easy access to a wide array of weapons. This law would harm Oklahomans, not protect them."
State Sen. Randy Brogdon, a Republican candidate for governor who authored the bill, called Henry's argument "absurd" and vowed to attempt an override of the veto. That would take a three-quarters majority in both the House and Senate.
"What the governor fails to grasp is that for years, anti-Second Amendment politicians have been attempting to use federal regulation as a way to prevent any law-abiding citizen from owning firearms," said Brogdon, R-Owasso. "My legislation would have stopped further federal attempts to erode our constitutional right to protect ourselves and our families."
Henry, who is barred by term limits from seeking re-election, also said the bill was certain to draw a legal challenge and result in a losing court battle.
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives prompted a court challenge in Montana, one of the first states to pass such a law, when it told all licensed gun dealers in the state last year that they were still bound by federal gun regulations. The Montana Shooting Sports Association and other pro-gun groups sued.
The U.S. Department of Justice has said in court filings that the Montana plaintiffs lack standing and that enactment of federal firearms laws are a valid exercise of congressional power to regulate commerce under the Constitution.
Bullcrap. Nothing in the law says OK can't have background checks if they want, just that the feds may not require them, since they have no jurisdiction. Nothing in the law says what the regulations may be, it just states the obvious that it should be a state legislative matter and not federal as there is no federal jurisdiction. Asshat.
Guns and freedom ping
More override fodder!
Zactly. I don’t know the composition of the OK state house in terms of (R) vs (D) or conservative vs meddling oxygen thief, but these laws are becoming so popular with legislatures and the public it wouldn’t surprise me if they mustered enough votes for an override.
Can the legislature override his veto?
That’s what you get when you elect a Democrat for governor. Tow the party line, screw the constits.
Hmmm, standard RAT behavior.
We’ll have special prisons for all of them following the revolution.
I’m looking for old pre-blueprint blueprints of the Bastille so that we can keep these slime in the environment they deserve.
A Democrat, wouldn’t you know it.
I just looked him up on Wikipedia, and found two very interesting items:
In the 2002 election for governor, Henry defeated former Republican Congressman Steve Largent, an NFL Hall of Famer, by just over one-half of one percent in a race that also included Independent candidate Gary Richardson, a retired Federal Prosecutor. Henry received 448,143 votes (43.27%) to Largent’s 441,277 votes (42.61%). Richardson, a former republican candidate, received 146,200 votes (14%).
Henry is pro-choice and has vetoed legislation to mandate ultrasound viewings prior to abortion procedures.
On May 27, 2004, Governor Brad Henry issued Executive Order 04-21, which created the Governor’s Ethnic American Advisory Council.  The Ethnic American Advisory Council then published an English translation of the Qur’an embossed with the Oklahoma State seal  which was then distributed to 149 Oklahoma state legislators. There were 35 lawmakers who declined to accept the copy of the Qur’an that they were offered.  After refusing the copy of the Qur’an, Republican State Representative Rex Duncan wrote a letter to his colleagues explaining, “Most Oklahomans do not endorse the idea of killing innocent women and children in the name of ideology.” Further, Duncan said during a TV interview “I think it was inappropriate that they used a state centennial seal on a religious item.”
That’s what you get when a spoiler runs on a third party line and throws the election to a DEMOCRAT.
Apparently it takes 3/4 which in OK's house would be 36-12, but they did today override a veto on an anti-abortion bill, which shows that there are enough senators more conservative than the governor to override him on at least some issues, and willing to do so via a veto as well. Sometimes legislators will vote for a bill but not for a veto override, but apparently they have enough at the moment if the issue is right.
I’m thinking more like that rolling wheel thing with the spikes on the inside.
Just make the liberal overlords personally obey and follow ALL the rules they have pushed upon the rest of us;that would be horrible punishment !
Hey Governor Dumbass! The criminals already have guns!!
I wonder if this action will affect the Gov's NRA rating?
It seems this rating might not mean much.
Actually I’ve always thought that before any law or regulation is imposed on the gainfully employed (that would be us), the imposing level of government, whether federal or a state, should have to live with the restrictions in even more restrictive form, say DOUBLE strength, for two years. If it’s a good thing that should be enough time to demo it. If they can’t live with it double and repeal it before the end of the two years, we shouldn’t even have to live with it at normal strength.
It doesn't. The NRA is too dim to realize that any 'passing grade' they give a Dem is an endorsement of Nancy Pelosi for Speaker Of The House.
I bought another membership during Heller (and renewed; I'm current) because it seemed like the NRA was the only gun rights org that was actually providing lawyers etc.
But, I am begining to think they play both sides of the fence in order to perpetuate their existence.
I will probably allow this membership to expire and then donate to GOA.
From Wiki: In the 52nd Legislature (20092011), the Republicans control the House of Representatives (61 to 40) and the Senate (26 to 22) for the first time in state history.
Republican Party 61
Democratic Party 40
Seat Vacant 0
The Oklahoma Senate
Republican Party 26
Democratic Party 22
Seat Vacant 0
Join NRA (but don’t contribute extra when asked four times a week) because the NRA membership numbers are how Washington gauges the number of politically active gun owners. Then join SAF and GOA because they’re the true, uncompromising tripwires that outs all this stuff.
Thanks. Did you see they overrode the abortion ultrasound veto? That bodes well for this one too, I hope.